Stream Deposition Patterns

Exploring Earth ,

This Flash animation reveals deposition patterns associated with a river flowing into a lake. The animation shows a cross-section of stream flow as it enters a lake, with decreasing velocity reducing the water's ability to carry sediments in suspension. The conditions create a predictable pattern of deposition with the largest sediments deposited near the shore and smaller sediments settling farther out where the water is calmer. The animation may be played, paused, forwarded, and rewound manually.

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